Special Issue "Environmental Pollution Biomonitoring: Methods, Models, Applications and Characteristics"

A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Agata Jabłońska-Trypuć
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Department of Chemistry, Biology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences, Białystok University of Technology, Wiejska 45E Street, 15-351 Białystok, Poland
Interests: human cell and tissue cultures in vitro; 3D human cell cultures; environmental engineering; toxicology; pesticides cytotoxicity
Dr. Urszula Wydro
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Department of Chemistry, Biology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences, Bialystok University of Technology, Wiejska 45E Street, 15-351 Białystok, Poland
Interests: use of molecular methods in assessing the quality of the natural environment, with particular emphasis on soil microbiome
Prof. Dr. Elżbieta Wołejko
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Department of Chemistry, Biology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences, Bialystok University of Technology, Wiejska 45E Street, 15-351 Białystok, Poland
Interests: molecular analysis of oxidative stress induced by selected environmental pollutants in crop plants
Dr. Adam Cudowski
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Department of Water Ecology, Faculty of Biology, University of Białystok, Ciołkowskiego 1J Street, 15-245 Białystok, Poland
Interests: interactions of water fungi with speciation forms of heavy metals in various types of surface waters with various pollutants and the use of molecular biology methods: PCR ITS - RFLP and DNA sequencing using the Sanger method in the study of water fungi
Dr. Anna Pietryczuk
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Department of Water Ecology, Faculty of Biology, University of Białystok, Ciołkowskiego 1J Street, 15-245 Białystok, Poland
Interests: dependencies between organic matter and bacteriology and mycoplankton and the use of molecular biology methods: PCR ITS - RFLP and DNA sequencing using the Sanger method in the study of water fungi

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is an urgent need for multidisciplinary approaches combining knowledge from different areas, such as engineering, environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry, microbiology, and toxicology. The aim of this Special Issue is to collect information regarding different approaches applied in order to assess the toxicity of potential environmental pollutants towards all aspects of the environment: water, soil, air, and living organisms. Physico-chemical methodology includes, among others, target and non-target approaches, suspect analysis, sum parameters, identification and monitoring of selected pollutants and their transformation products, and computational modeling. However, chemical analysis provides only a fraction of the information necessary to estimate the potential environmental toxicity of a substance or mixture of compounds. Therefore, the results of chemical analyses should be compared with the results of biological tests, and a variety of eco-toxicological methodologies should be included into global monitoring of environmentally relevant pollutants. They comprise both in vitro and in vivo bioassays. These bioassays utilize bacterial cells, animal and human cell lines, and algae, and they are based mainly on different cytotoxicity tests. Bacterial, fungal, algae, and mammalian cell lines are widely used to monitor exposure to environmental toxins. These tests are described as quick, simple, sensitive, and reliable. In vitro methods are preferred because of their lower cost and lack of ethical concerns compared to in vivo experiments. In vitro biological assays range from the simplest cytotoxicity tests, through more complex genetic engineering methods, to the most complex biomarker studies. However, the most difficult problem is still the extrapolation of in vitro test results to organisms and ecosystems.

This collection of articles will include the most relevant work in the area of environmental pollution biomonitoring with the use of the latest methodologies applied. Therefore, this Special Issue welcomes comprehensive reviews and original research papers addressing the following topics:

  • Environmental pollution analysis
  • Biological in vitro models in toxicology
  • Chemical analysis in toxicology

Prof. Dr. Elżbieta Wołejko
Dr. Agata Jabłońska-Trypuć
Dr. Urszula Wydro
Dr. Adam Cudowski
Dr. Anna Pietryczuk
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Environmental pollution
  • Biomonitoring
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Bacterial cells
  • Fungi cells
  • Algae
  • Human and animal cell lines

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Human Cell Culture, a Pertinent In Vitro Model to Evaluate the Toxicity of Landfill Leachate/Sewage Sludge. A Review
Environments 2021, 8(6), 54; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/environments8060054 - 10 Jun 2021
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Both landfill leachate and sewage sludge are complex mixtures of many potentially toxic substances in unknown and unpredictable amounts and concentrations. Both types of matrices can pose a risk to human health and the functioning of ecosystems if released into the environment. Therefore, [...] Read more.
Both landfill leachate and sewage sludge are complex mixtures of many potentially toxic substances in unknown and unpredictable amounts and concentrations. Both types of matrices can pose a risk to human health and the functioning of ecosystems if released into the environment. Therefore, constant monitoring of the toxicity of these mixtures is necessary. However, traditional methods of analysis of sewage sludge/landfill leachate are mainly based on physicochemical studies that do not fully reflect the effects of these mixtures on living organisms. For this purpose, research based on biological models, including mammalian, mainly human, cells is recommended and increasingly implemented. A variety of cytotoxicity tests, based on various metabolic transformations in living cells, are a very useful tool in landfill leachate/sewage sludge toxicology studies. This paper reviews the methods used in the study of the cytotoxicity of environmental matrices and the cell lines used in these studies as biological models. Full article
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